Upstream Color
Upstream Color (2013)

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. (c) Official Facebook

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 5, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As technically brilliant as it is narratively abstract, Upstream Color represents experimental American cinema at its finest -- and reaffirms Shane Carruth as a talent to watch.

Wesley Morris

What the movie points to is worth following until you're left with an enormous map that you spend the rest of the drive trying to refold.

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Melissa Maerz
Entertainment Weekly

If the movie is a bit of a mystery, so is Carruth.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

Carruth's film feels like a subconscious flow of fears and anxieties. But the clarity of this anxiety is bruising and stunning.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Carruth's visual approach, saved from abstraction by his own rapid, forward-leaping editing, is extremely assured. Seimetz is a fine and expressively haunted actress. I look forward to the enigmas in Carruth's next picture.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

An equally frustrating and rewarding experience.

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Eric Kohn

By abandoning the need for specific interpretation, Carruth nails the fundamental inscrutability of the universe while remaining in awe of it the whole way through.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The most visually imaginative American film since David Lynch's Eraserhead.

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Ray Pride

The remarkable Amy Seimetz is as central to the film as women in Krzysztof Kieslowski's late films, like Irène Jacob in "Three Colors: Red" and "The Double Life of Véronique" or Juliette Binoche in "Three Colors: Blue."

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